Anslie confirms Newey approach

Wednesday 08-January-2014 13:50

Red Bull Formula 1 chief designer Adrian Newey could be involved in the design of a British entrant into the America's Cup, according to four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie.

Ainslie met with Newey during last November's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Prix to discuss the possibility, the sailing legend confirmed to the BBC.

"Adrian is a big sailing fan," Briton Ainslie told BBC Radio 5 live.

"There's the potential for him perhaps to get involved, cast his eye over our design team and what we're looking at doing."

"We had a great catch-up but Adrian is committed to F1 for the foreseeable future."

Newey has made no secret about his desire to be involved with the Americas Cup at some point in his career, although he is contracted to reigning Constructors' Champions Red Bull until 2017.

Ainsley led American outfit Oracle to victory in the Americas Cup last year and is currently in search of funds to put a British team together.

Americas Cup rules dictate that the winner chooses the next venue, type of boats to be used and date, as long as it is within three to five years of the last race.

"To have the advice of Adrian or many of the very smart people involved with Formula 1 industry in the UK would be a great boost for us as a team," Ainslie added.

"Newey is clearly a genius, in anything to do with competitive design and he's got a great profile, but I would hate for anyone to think we were trying to prise him away from Red Bull Racing."

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